Women's World Cup: Germany & France into quarter-finals
WOMEN'S WORLD CUP 2011
- 26 June - 17 July
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Hosts and defending champions Germany are through to the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup following an underwhelming 1-0 win over Nigeria.
After an impressive 2-1 victory over Canada on Sunday, this was a less assured display from the Germans.
Midfielder Simone Laudehr's strike sealed their win, which eliminates Nigeria from the competition.
Canada are also out after suffering a 4-0 hammering at the hands of France, who join Germany in the quarters.
The two European sides have maximum points from two games and play each other in Moenchengladbach next Tuesday in their final Group A game to decide who finishes top.
If Germany are to do so they will have to improve significantly on Thursday's performance, during which they failed to register a single effort on goal in the first half against a physical Nigerian side.
However, the hosts finally took the game by the scruff of the neck after the break and it was the introduction of the experienced Inka Grings on 52 minutes that made an impact.
Barely two minutes later, the veteran forward latched onto a free-kick and her delicate backheel fell into the path of Laudehr, who fired home in plenty of space.
In Thursday's other game, France took the game to their Canadian opponents from the off and it was a surprise they only led 1-0 at half-time through Gaetane Thiney's header.
However, in the second half the French ran riot.
Thiney picked up a Marie-Laure Delie cross to curl in her second on 60 minutes, before a defensive error allowed Camille Abily to latch onto a Sandrine Soubeyrand assist to head into the net six minutes later.
Seven minutes from time Elodie Thomis, who came on in place of Delie, broke through to advance past an advancing Erin McLeod in the Canada goal and roll the ball into an empty net.
Canada have one more chance to claim a point at this World Cup when they travel to Dresden next Tuesday to play Nigeria, who are also pointless after their two games.